The Brock McGuire Band
|The Brock McGuire Band|
|Associated acts||Moving Cloud|
|Past members||Enda Scahill|
The Brock McGuire Band is an Irish Folk group fronted by Paul Brock and Manus McGuire. Residing in County Clare, button accordionist and melodeonist Paul Brock and fiddler Manus McGuire are two of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional musicians and have been at the forefront of Irish music for many years. Joined on piano by acclaimed composer Denis Carey and Garry O'Meara on banjo, mandolin and vocals.
The Brock McGuire Band is a tenacious blend of instruments emphasizing mostly Irish music but also sprinkling in impressive arrangements of American Old Timey, Bluegrass, French-Canadian, and other Celtic traditions.
In 2011, they collaborated with various Nashville musicians including 14 time Grammy Winner Ricky Skaggs to record, "Green Grass Blue Grass". An exploration of the connection between Irish Traditional Music and American Bluegrass and Appalachian music. The album was launched on the Grand Ole Opry, March 11th 2011.
Green Grass Blue Grass featured Ricky Skaggs on mandolin, Bryan Sutton on guitar, Aubrey Haynie on fiddle, Jeff Taylor on accordion and Mark Fain on Double Bass. The album has been described by critics as "an adrenaline rush", "a masterpiece" and "virtuosity in full flight".
- Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennessee
- Cleveland Irish Festival, Cleveland, Ohio
- Celtic Colours, Cape Breton
- World Music Fest, Chicago, Illinois
- Return to Camden Town Festival, London
- National Concert Hall, Bogota, Colombia
- Paul Brock - Button Accordion/Melodeon
- Manus McGuire - Fiddle
- Denis Carey - Piano
- Garry O'Meara - Banjo/Mandolin/Vocal
- Brock McGuire Band (2004)
- Humdinger (2006)
- Green Grass Blue Grass with Ricky Skaggs (2011)
- 'Irish Music Album Of The Year' Irish Times for Humdinger (2006)
- 5-star ‘Top of the World’ Songlines (magazine) (2011)
- ‘Instrumental Band of the Decade’ Irish American News (2011)
- Irish Music Magazine
- Compass Records Profile
- Green Linnet Artist bio
- Irish American Review
- Irish Times Review